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AIR POTATO ROUNDUP IS SATURDAY AT PRESERVE

ST. PETERSBURG

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve needs help controlling air potatoes and other invasive exotic species that attack native ecosystems.

The park, at 1101 Country Club Way S, will hold an air potato roundup workday starting at 9 a.m. Saturday to remove the plants. In order to keep the preserve in a condition beneficial to animals and other plants, there will be monthly workdays.

The next one is set for March 29. Dress appropriately and wear closed-toe shoes. Volunteers can sign up at the park or by calling 893-7326.

TREASURE ISLAND

Open Air Market set for Fridays through March

Shop amid sea breezes at the Treasure Island Open Air Market each Friday in February and March from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place, off 106th Avenue.

Fresh produce, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, food, and beverages will be available.

Booth fees for merchants are $20 a week, or $100 for all weeks. For more information, call 360-4121.

COUNTYWIDE

Agencies join forces for HIV/AIDS awareness

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Thursday. The Pinellas County Health Department, Metropolitan Charities and the St. Petersburg Healthy Start Federal Project will offer prevention education and free HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis testing from noon to 5 p.m. at Metropolitan Charities, 3170 Third Ave. N. For information, call 321-3854.

ST. PETERSBURG

Catholic school will hold annual Baron Gala event

St. Petersburg Catholic High School will hold it's sixth annual Baron Gala, "Treasures of the Sea," at 6:30 p.m. March 1 at the St. John Bosco Center for the Arts, 6333 Ninth Ave. N.

Dinner will be provided by Lee Roy Selmon's and those attending can dance to the steel drum of Joseph Braccio. A live and silent auction also will be held.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $100 per person. They can be purchased at www.spchs.org. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Donations of items for the live and silent auction are being accepted. For more information, visit www.spchs.org or call 344-4065, ext. 237.

ST. PETE BEACH

Excursion will let seniors enjoy the fair

Join other local seniors for a day of fun exploring the Florida State Fair at a senior excursion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Participants will meet at the St. Pete Beach Recreation Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The cost is $10 with recreation or Play Card, $12.50 without, plus cost of admission. Call 363-9245 for information and to reserve a spot.

TAMPA BAY AREA

2008 Writers Workshop scheduled for Feb. 16

The 2008 Writers Workshop, a journalism program for Florida high school students and teachers, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. at the Poynter Institute, 801 Third St. S. Tuition is $30.

Scholarships are available for low-income and minority students. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday. For more information and to register, go to www.poynter.org/highschoolwriters or call 456-2332.

ST. PETE BEACH

City plans to host Wednesday market

The city of St. Pete Beach is making plans to host a weekly "Wednesday Morning Fresh Market" and is seeking interested vendors to sell such items as fresh produce, spices, herbs, flowers, and unique home-made goods and crafts.

The market will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the covered pavilion of the Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Current pricing for vendors is $25 weekly or $75 for four continuous weeks. For more information, call Mandy Edmunds at 363-9245.

ST. PETE BEACH

Touch-A-Truck event is Saturday at center

The fourth annual Touch-A-Truck family event will roll in from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

Kids of all ages can explore municipal vehicles and talk to the people who use them. The event also includes a moon bounce house, pottery creation station and refreshments. Free.

Anyone with a truck or vehicle they would like to share can call Kelley Poole at 363-9245.

TREASURE ISLAND

Isle of Capri residents to have yard sale

Residents from the Isle of Capri in Treasure Island will hold their annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The neighborhood can be accessed off Gulf Boulevard and 116th Avenue. Maps and participating addresses will be available at the corner of 116th Avenue. Refreshments will be served in Roselli Park.

TAMPA BAY AREA

Charity art auction is Saturday at Tampa hotel

A charity art auction will be held by Park West Gallery starting with a reception and art preview at 7 p.m. Saturday; the auction is at 8 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa.

The event features artwork by master and contemporary artists. Proceeds help fund this year's Juneteenth celebration, a multicultural festival titled "Celebrating Freedom," that commemorates the emancipation of slavery. It will be held June 21 at Campbell Park in St. Petersburg. Call 743-6792.

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